tool_image68 Create Spline

New in V7.0:

Facilitates users to draw a continuous and accurate spline easily and quickly. Create Spline also allows users to curve a straight line or make a parallel without converting other tools.

Draw contuinuous spline

To draw a continuous spline without point limitation:

How to do:

  1. Select tool_image68 tool;

  2. Draw a spline by continuous left-clicking on the desired area and right-click to finish drawing.

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Note

It will be a straight line if just click two points.

Snap points by exact value

Allow users to snap the curve points by entering precise value.

Draw Line L that goes through Point c

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How to do:

  1. Select a reference point (like Point a);
  2. Select tool_image68 tool;
  3. Hold down Alt key (Windows) or Option key (Macintosh) and click on the blank space;
  4. Enter 2.5 to Distance X and 3 to Distance Y, click OK;
  5. Point c appears, then connect Point c and Point b by spline.

Take Point 1 as reference point, draw Point 2 and the distance between two point along Line A is 3 cm .

  1. Select Line A;

  2. Select tool_image68 tool;

  3. Hold down the Alt key (Windows) or Option key (Macintosh) and left-click Point 1;

  4. Enter 3 cm to Along Segment in the dialog box.

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Draw Point b on Line A, and the distance between Point a and Point b is 3 cm:

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How to do

  1. Select Line A;
  2. Select tool_image68 tool;
  3. Hold down Alt key (Windows) or Option key (Macintosh) and left-click Point a;
  4. Enter 3 to Radius;
  5. Click OK button.

Snap central point

Help users to snap the central point of the selected reference segment.

How to do:

  1. Activate desired piece;

  2. Select tool_image68 tool;

  3. Move the cursor to Line A, the blue point, also the central point of Line A turns up.

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Curve a segment

Right-click to drag the selected straight line into a curve.

How to do:

  1. Activate desired piece, select Line A (your desired segment);

  2. Select tool_image68 tool;

  3. Move your cursor to Line A, right-click to drag it till desired shape.

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Draw parallel line

Drag the selected spline with left-clicking to draw parallel line.

  1. Activate desired piece, select Line A (your desired segment);

  2. Select tool_image68 tool;

  3. Move your cursor to Line A, left-click to drag it to desired position.

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Exercise

For example, tool_image68 Create Spline can help users finish draw the red spline shown below.

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How to do:

  1. Activate the piece and select Segment A;
  2. Select tool_image68 tool;
  3. Hold down the Alt key (Windows) or Option key (Macintosh) and left-click point#1;
  4. Input the values of Along Segment in the dialog box, a point will appear in Segment A and left-click it;
  5. Move the mouse to line B, it will snap the middle point of Segment B automatically;
  6. Left-click the middle point of Segment B;
  7. Hold down the Alt key (Windows) or Option key (Macintosh) and left-click the point#2, input values in Distance X and Distance Y, the point will appear, then left-click it;
  8. Move the mouse to line C, the middle point of Segment B will appear automatically, then left-click it;
  9. Right-click to end drawing.

Note

Press Z key on the keyboard to undo the former point;

Left-click to add point with holding down the Shift key. Left-click to select the point wanted to be deleted with holding down the Ctrl key (Windows) or Command key (Macintosh) then press the Backspace key on the keyboard;

If users want to modify the shape of the existing spline, select tool_image68 Create Spline tool, then right-click the spline. The points appear so drag them to modify.